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DC LERA – Summer Update

Our chapter is beginning its summer break after six months of terrific programs by nationally known speakers. They have deepened our understanding of labor issues in the “gig” economy, the obstacles women still face in U.S. labor markets, the power of addressing both social and labor issues in bargaining for public service employees. Our speakers have taken is back through time to witness the brutal birth of the UAW in the 1920s and the historic strike of the Memphis sanitation workers in 1968, which ended in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are honored by the active participation of labor officials from the embassies of Japan, Germany, France, Japan, Spain, the Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea. They often host DC LERA monthly luncheon meetings in their Embassies. This year we enjoyed the hospitality of Germany and Spain. Drop by our luncheon meetings and meet them.

We will have more fascinating luncheon speakers beginning in September. Watch your emails for our announcements. Not on our mailing list? Send me a note, and I will make sure you know about our upcoming events. Better yet, click here to join us as a member in our journey through the dimensions of the dynamic world of labor and employment relations.

Have an enjoyable summer!
Fred Stahl


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Missed the June meeting?
Trade, Jobs and Wages with guest speaker Robert E. Scott, Senior Economist and Director of Trade and
Manufacturing Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute. Click here to learn more...
Missed the May meeting?
Organizing for Greater 
Economic, Racial and Social Justice
with guest speaker Prof. Marilyn Sneiderman, Professor, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations/Director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organizations. Click here to learn more...

Missed the April meeting?
Women in the U.S. Labor Market
with speakers Sharon Block, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor and Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFO-CIO.
A new movement of working people is emerging in the U.S. labor market. It is more female and racially diverse than its predecessors. Women now make up nearly half the U.S. workforce, yet they still make only 79 cents for every dollar paid to men.  The question of the day is whether workers can obtain the political power and economic justice that past generations enjoyed.

Missed the March meeting?
The Fight for Rights for Public Sector Workers – A Reflection on the Current State of Events with guest speaker William (Bill) Lucy, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Emeritus Click here to learn more...

Missed the February meeting?
Unfinished Business:
Men Work Family with guest speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America   Click here to learn more...

Missed the January meeting?
Understanding Precarity and
its Implications for the 2016 Elections

with guest speaker
Prof. John Russo

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